Ayurvedic Cure for Sciatica

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 28, 2011

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Sciatica (kAyurveda for sciaticanown as Gridhrasi) is a common ailment that some people suffer as they reach their late thirties. The problem usually occurs from the lower back all the way down the leg. Sciatica can become a very painful condition, with pain shooting up and down all along the sciatica nerve, affecting the buttock, thigh, calf and foot area of one side of the body and in some rare cases, both sides. Various effective treatments for sciatica exist in the ancient medicinal tradition of ayurveda.

Ayurveda is fast becoming a buzzword in modern medicine for its use of completely naturally occurring substances for curative purposes. This usually has none or negligible side effects and provides a useful method of alternative therapy. Several ayurveda practitioners have cured sciatica purely based on the ancient ayurvedic texts.

While bed rest is one of the most highly recommended ways to ease the pain of sciatica, some other remedies are also suggested. According to some ayurveda scholars, applying a paste of tamarind that has been soaked in salt water, churned, filtered and boiled to form a paste-like consistency to the affected leg is a very effective cure for the ailment. Patients are also usually advised to consume carbohydrates, foods that are rich in fibre, vegetables, and fruits. They are instructed to keep away from sour foods like curd, beans and other pulses, potatoes and fried foods. Some prescribed herbs for external application are nutmeg, juniper, chamomile, vanda orchid, guggulu (gugal), and aloe vera.

Yoga is also a part of any ayurvedic treatment plan. While heavy exercises are not recommended for sciatica, light walking and swimming in luke warm water are recommended to ease the pain of sciatica.

All ayurvedic treatments must be carried out only under the care of a qualified professional and self medication should be avoided. This is because every patient is different and the treatment for every individual is crafter for the specific needs of that particular individual’s body. We suggest that you use this article as a learning tool, but before adopting any of these remedies, do consult your ayurvedic practitioner.


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  • Shekhar19 Nov 2012

    hello sir my father is suffering from sciatica pain in right side hip from aprox 1.5 yrs because of this pain he can't walk more then 5-7 minutes continue if walks then legs became sense less and after few minutes he again walks He also a diabetic (sugar) patient but its in control. He also do yoga in morning for a 1.3-2 hrs. but not getted a proper relief. This pain also movies from right to left hip (aprox 2-3 times in a year) So please tell me the proper treatment & person to consult. Thanks

  • Shawn24 Oct 2012

    I have been living in pain for close to 10 years now..I have had 2 back surgeries and absolutely no relief. The entire left side of my body from the lower back down to my toes hurts so bad that walking and sleeping is becoming more and more difficult..I am 50 years old. Every single muscle in my left leg hurts to the touch.My surgeries were for a herniated disc and had a fusion on the L-5 and S-1 area on my spine.Any advice would be appreciated.

  • seema20 Sep 2012

    dear sir i suffering pain in my left leg from 2 month ,very much pain in calf and full leg from the lower back.Pain started when i woke up at morning.Please suggest yoga for my pain.

  • Mahender18 Sep 2012

    Hi A combination of ayurvedic medicine and massage is very useful. If not 100% atleast 80% guarantee cure.Massages include Abhyamgam, Kativasti, Elakhili for 15 days.You will feel a lot of relief. Medicines include aristams like balaristam, aswangandharistam according to symptons along with kasahyams. Later go for physiotheraphy for 10 days (IFT). Then go for therapeutic yoga. Without surgery by following above methods u can cure Disc bulge 99%.

  • Name14 Sep 2012

    Sir, please suggest some more techniques to get rid of sciatica,my father is suffering from sciatica since last one month.i will be very thankful to you.

  • lalit01 Sep 2012

    good information about Ayurvedic Cure

  • heena01 Sep 2012

    nice tips

  • Mervyn14 Jul 2012

    What Ayurvedic medicine should I take to cure my sciatica pain-pls. advise by email so that I can purchase the product immediately to relieve my pain?

  • varsha07 Jul 2012

    sir plz give me suggestion that when SERA-VEDH is prescribed by doctos in sciatica.

  • N.Narayanan25 Nov 2011

    Can you suggest any doctor or hospital near Kannur in Kerala where my brother can be treated for sciatica.

  • anil13 Oct 2011

    L4, L5 ,S1 ,S2,S3 Comprises to form sciatic nerve.Either one or more nerve get trapped due to disc bulge or disc compression .This may occur due to fall ,lifting weight or trauma of low back.osteoporosis Lumbar spondilitis Tuberculosis of vertibrea also cause nerve root compression.As a result of that patient feels pain on lowback and which may radiate to the corresponding leg through thigh, calf muscle and sole of foot. You take Ayurveda treatment 100%effective

  • Ravi Chandra kumar14 Aug 2011

    Dear sir I am suffering with sciatic pain last one year and 13 mm bulge in L 4. & L 5 so kindly give me good suggest for pain relif and totally cure.